Q. 234.6( 5 Votes )

What is meant by bio-concentration of pesticides? Which common pesticide has accumulated in human body in considerable amounts?

Answer :

Bio-concentration of pesticides refers to accumulation of pesticides and harmful chemicals in organisms through food chain. Bio-concentration is also defined as increase in chemical concentration in aquatic organism more than the chemicals in water.

Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) is an insecticidal pesticide that accumulates in human body through the food chain. Since human beings occupy the highest trophic level in a food chain, the pesticide concentration in humans is considerably greater than the other organisms in the food chain.


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